G7 Leaders to Meet in the UK this Friday

UMMATIMES - The first direct meeting of the leaders of the countries that are members of the G7 will be held in the UK on Friday (11/6) local time. The focus of the talks between the superpowers was on the Covid-19 pandemic, global geopolitical risks, and climate change.

The summit was held over three days in the coastal region of Cornwall. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will speak to G7 leaders to work together to end the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over the weekend, Johnson said he would ask his colleagues to commit to vaccinating the world against Covid-19 by the end of next year. "I call on my fellow G7 leaders to join us in ending this terrible pandemic and pledge never to allow the devastation wrought by the coronavirus to happen again," he said.

In addition, the UK aims to send a message of cooperation on climate solutions to be greener with the beautiful region of Cornwall, which is seen as the centerpiece of the UK's green technology sector. The summit's agenda is also expected to cover topics such as supporting free and fair trade and enhancing cybersecurity, hot topics after the recent high-profile cyberattacks in the US.

The finance ministers of the G7 countries on Saturday last week also agreed on a minimum global corporate tax of at least 15 percent for multinational companies in each country where they operate. The G7 is an organization made up of the seven largest developed economies in the world, namely Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The G7 countries meet annually under the leadership of a country to evaluate the economic agenda, make common policies, and strengthen cooperation. In almost two years of not meeting face-to-face, this summit will be the first summit to meet face-to-face during the pandemic.

Guest leaders invited to this year's summit include Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.